06:46PM | 05/14/07
Member Since: 05/13/07
1 lifetime posts
Hello, have an older home here. Went to remodeling the bathroom and needed to install new light fixture. Marked up my proposed hole to drill, checked for studs and such, and went at it. Cheap stud finder I guess because I tapped an electrical wire, what I believe to be my lighting. Needless to say, my light switch does not work, but my bath fan switch does. Electrical outlet on same outlet switch does not work either. Kinda strange, but what have I got myself into? How much will it cost to have fixed, or can I do something myself? Thanks for all help that comes this way!


09:19PM | 05/14/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
It is really impossible to tell how hard it is to fix the problem without seeing it.

Since you are remodeling it is probably practical to open up the walls. But even when it is not a electrican often has ways to fish a replacement cable in.


07:01AM | 05/16/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
The cable will need to be replaced. You can't make a splice in the middle of a cable unless you put it in a box. Also you must have six inches of wire. You won' have that from both directions on a cut cable.

You need to find where both ends of the cable are and run a new cable. The old cable can remain after it is disconnected at both ends. The new cable can run any route that makes fishing it in easy.


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